Being able to transcribe music is one of the most-needed skills of a musician, especially for a guitar player. Basically, if you can figure out the chords, as well as the rhythm and the melody of a song in instance, without the help of sheet music, you can play the guitar in the more flexible way. However, it is not easy for everyone to be able to transcribe the music. That is why, if you have not owned the skill today, you will have a lot of things to learn. Below, you will see some of the tips on how to transcribe music the easy way. By mastering all of them, there is no way that you cannot do the transcribing in the near future.
Use the Help of Quietness
Transcribing music means that you need to listen to the music very carefully and figure out the chords, so that you can play it with your guitar on your own. Sometimes, you just cannot do that because you are in the middle of busy streets, noisy crowds, and so on. Yes, the first thing you need is quietness. That is why you need to go to a quiet place to transcribe the music. Go to your room and lock the door, otherwise go to some remote place so that no one else will be there. By going to quiet place, you will be able to concentrate more easily. When you do this, you do not need the distractions of your mobile phone as well. Make sure you turn off everything so that you won’t be interrupted.
Try to Concentrate Listening to the Guitar
When you listen to the music, try to ignore the lyric and the effects that appear on the song. You need to concentrate only on the guitar. From the beginning to the end of the song, try to listen to the rhythm of the guitar. Try to recognize each chord from the guitar rhythm. At this point, you also need to make sure that the sound of other instruments as well as the sound of other guitar parts (such as the guitar solo or lead guitar) do not get mixed with what you are hearing. After the song ended, try to replicate the chord you have listed with the guitar. At first, you may think that you are a mess. However by doing this method over and over will train your chord-hearing tremendously and soon you will be able to transcribe the music with ease.
Distinguish the Chords
Everything in transcribing music will be way more easier when you can recognize the chords as well as distinguish them. Make sure you at least know what major chord and minor chord are. If you listen the “funky” guitar chord, it should be chords like C, A, G, or Bb. Major chord is the one that sounds quite funky. Minor chord is the one that sounds gloomy or sad. It is usually the chords like Am, Dm, Bm, and Em.
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Those are some tips that you can use in order to transcribe music of a song quite easily. Considering that playing guitar is fun, adding the guitar-playing skill with some music-transcribing skill will just make everything better. Follow all of those tips on how to transcribe music the easy way above and you will have better guitar skill for sure.